I must admit, in the beginning, I was hesitant to get on board with the “Just Be A Real Woman” concept, probably because I knew that coming to terms with the reality of my own body would be a part of that plan. I love the idea of other women accepting themselves, in fact, the whole notion of self-acceptance is both beautiful and foreign to me; nonetheless, that kind of complete confidence is inspirational. I want to accept my body “as is” — I just haven’t been able to.
But something clicked for me after I saw the comic strip that 20-year-old Illustration student, Colleen Clark created for a school project. When she was asked to “write what you know,” she deferred to her immediate experience: feeling “ashamed, embarrassed and hateful of my own body.”
Oh. That again. “That again” was my way of brushing it off, lessening the importance of what is a very real, very intense struggle for almost every woman who must face the daily onslaught of mixed messages — We’re damned if we do (accept our fat/skinny bodies) and we’re damned if we don’t (achieve a certain body image). It’s just one more lesson in how we must slam ourselves down so that we can stay insecure and messed up forever. Read more